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Inside the Golden Circle
Midway between Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir lies the village of Laugarvatn on the banks of a lake with hot springs warming its shoal. Visit the geothermal baths at Laugarvatn Fontana by the lake and relax in the steam rooms built over natural hot springs and bathe or swim where the hot spring water flows into the cold lake. Be sure to bring your hiking boots for the many nearby trails on the heather or in the lovely birch forest at the roots of Mt. Laugarvatn.
Good to know
Reception desk is open from 8:00 - 22:00 every day.
Hostel Facilities
• Family rooms available    • Free WiFi    • Garden
• Suitable for wheelchair users                • Café/Bar   • Common room(s)
• Self-catering kitchen   • Meals available            • Sauna
• Laundry facilities   • Luggage storage   • Cycle storage
• BBQ   • Elevator    


GPS: 64.2181045, -20.733065399999987

The hostel is located an hour's drive from Reykjavík and a 20 minutes' drive from Selfoss and Gullfoss & Geysir.

From Reykjavík: Take road no. 36 to Þingvellir National Park, then road no. 365 until you reach Laugarvatn.

Public transport: There are regular buses (no. 52 and 73) from Reykjavík to Laugarvatn.

Parking: We have plenty of free parking onsite.

In the area
  • Drive over to Hvalfjörður and hike up to Glymur, the second-tallest waterfall in Iceland at 650 ft high.
  • The hostel is located right on the Golden Circle route, with Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir only a short drive away.
  • A number of other gems of the south coast are within easy reach of the hostel, including Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Reynisfjara and Sólheimajökull.
At Laugarvatn
  • Conquer Mt. Laugarvatnsfjall and enjoy the view over the lake and surrounding area.
  • Visit the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths and experience the soothing effects of the geothermal hot springs. Soak in the natural pool, relax in the steam rooms to the sound of a bubbling hot spring, or take a dip in the lake outside.
  • Take a walk around the village to see the natural hot springs and geothermal areas where the locals bake bread by burying it in the warm earth.
  • Visit the thermal swimming pool, ideal for families with small children. Ask about opening hours at the hostel reception.
Laugarvatn Hostel is well suited to serve groups and provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to all types of groups. 
The hostel welcomes groups of up to 70 people from February to October. Accommodation outside these dates available on request.

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Facilities and Services for Groups
Dorm rooms and private rooms.
Free WiFi.
Bed linen & towels included.
Lounge area.
Self-catering facilities, kitchen and dining area.
Wheelchair access.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be arranged.
You can book the hostel for your group. 
We will be happy to discuss the options available to you and your group.

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